March 20, 2018
Iraqi and Indian officials say the bodies were found buried in mass graves near the village of Badush, northwest of Mosul. New Delhi had maintained for years that it believed the Indian workers were alive and it was trying to secure their release.
Iraqi authorities confirmed on Tuesday that the bodies found in a mass grave last year were Indian construction workers that were abducted when Daesh militants overran the northern city of Mosul in 2014.
The bodies were found buried near the village of Badush, northwest of Mosul, in an area that Iraqi forces recaptured last July.
Najiha Abdul Amir al Shimari, Head of Iraq’s Martyrs Establishment, confirmed that of the 39 bodies found, 38 were identified as Indians.
“The Department of Mass Graves found a mass grave in Wadi Ekab for 39 bodies. Only 38 bodies were identified as Indians,” Al Shimari said.
Analysis on the last body has not yet been completed.
TRT World’s Neha Poonia has more from New Delhi.